Marin County May Ban Tobacco Sales At Pharmacies

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - Marin County health officials are working on a plan to ban the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies.

Officials say the Marin County ordinance would be similar to a ban approved in San Francisco this past week.

Larry Meredith, who directs Marin's health department, says the proposal is aimed at improving the health of county residents. The plan could be brought before the Board of Supervisors this fall.

On Tuesday, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban the sale of tobacco products in drug stores, which could be fined up to $1,000 for each violation. The ban doesn't apply to supermarkets or convenience stores.

The citywide ban was modeled on rules enacted in eight Canadian
provinces.
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Information from: Marin Independent Journal,
http://www.marinij.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-08-02-08 1432EDT


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